High Park Stewards Talk – Sunday February 28 2016

Posted on February 22, 2016

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The Natural Environment in Toronto: An exploration of citizen advocacy and partnerships with the City of Toronto

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

The urban natural environment is an invaluable part of the healthy functioning of the City of Toronto and its inhabitants. Green spaces improve the environment, physical health of citizens, and economy of neighbourhoods. However, with a rising population, demand for mixed-use spaces, and increasingly erratic weather, there is more pressure to maintain, protect, and expand natural areas. Citizen advocacy has proven to be an effective method for enacting change, socially, politically, and environmentally.

This talk will explore the current state of the natural environment, the challenges we face, and the opportunities available for improving this asset. It will also explore examples of effective and successful citizen advocacy throughout Toronto’s history, with a focus on the past 20 years. If you’ve ever asked yourself “what more can I do to conserve nature in Toronto?” this talk will give you plenty of ideas!

Speakers: Jessica Iraci, M.Sc., Urban Forestry, City of Toronto; Steven Parkes, M.F.C, Urban Forestry, City of Toronto

For more information:
http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

The Edible Community Garden Grant – Spring 2016

Posted on February 22, 2016

Are you involved in a school, faith group, community garden, or non-profit organization helping to grow your community’s sustainability?

Do you have a sunny patch of land where you can grow and nurture fruit trees, fruiting shrubs and other perennial crops?

Are you committed to caring for these plants in the years to come?
If so, TreeMobile Toronto and Orchard People invite you to apply for The Edible Community Garden Grant 2016.

Grant Goals
•To increase local food security by growing food everywhere
•To promote and assist in the planting of community food
•To increase the visibility and availability of seasonal fresh food
•To strengthen community collaboration, knowledge and resilience skills
•To ensure that donated plants will be healthy and productive

 

Grants Available for Spring 2016
Grants have no cash value; organizations supply materials and training only. Number of grants awarded will depend upon Treemobile sales, and quantity and quality of applications received.

Edible Forest Grant | Valued at $750
•Choice of plants from TreeMobile’s 2016 selection (min. of 5 trees) up to $300
•Delivery and planting assistance if within TreeMobile delivery zone incl. Mulch, compost, tree guards, and amendments for planting $50
•Online training in choosing, planting and caring for your trees, for two of your key volunteers $200
•Two hours of consulting with Susan Poizner, Director of Orchard People, to help you get your orchard off to a healthy start. $200

Orchard Grant | Valued at $450
•Choice of plants from TreeMobile’s 2016 selection (min. 3 trees) up to $200
•Delivery and planting assistance if within TreeMobile delivery zone incl. Mulch, compost, tree guards, and amendments for planting $50
•Online training in choosing, planting and caring for your trees, for one of your key volunteers $100
•One hour of consulting with Susan Poizner, Director of Orchard People, to help you get your orchard off to a healthy start. $100
•Garden Grant | Valued at $150
•Choice of plants from TreeMobile’s 2016 selection (min. 1 tree) up to $105
•Delivery and planting assistance if within TreeMobile delivery zone incl. Mulch, compost, tree guards, and amendments for planting $25
•“Growing Urban Orchards” by Susan Poizner, Orchard People (hardcover) $20

Grant form available here: http://www.transitiontreemobile.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-01-01-2nd-Annual-Edible-Community-Garden-Grant.pdf

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